Graphic Novel Review: Copperhead: A New Sheriff In Town (Vol. #1)

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Author: Jay Faerber
Illustrator: Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley
Release Date: 11th March, 2015
Series: Copperhead
Genre: Science-Fiction | Western | Mystery | Suspense | Action | Comics 
Edition: ascm file
Pages: 128
Publisher: Image Comics
Source: NetGalley

Word Of The Week (WOW #12)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.

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If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

Here’s this week’s WOW:

EnervateWord:

Enervate

Part Of Speech:

verb

Creative Blogger Award

Hi all my dear lovely readers! A big hello **friendly waves**

One of my dearest blogger buddies, Erika, has nominated me for Creative Blogger Award.

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Erika is a very beautiful and an awesomely strong person. She is a huge source of inspiration to those who follow her blog. I truly admire Erika as she is one of those rare people that will always show you the correct and positive way to lead a peaceful life. She is a wonderful friend, a melodious singer and a great author. I love her a lot and receiving this award from her makes it really special for me!

If you haven’t already visited her blog and interacted with her, I highly recommend to do so ASAP! I’m sure that you’ll also love her and her pretty awesome blog.

Now, getting back to the award, here are the rules for this award:

  • Nominate 15-20 blogs and notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  • Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
  • Share five facts about yourself to your readers
  • Pass these rules on to them.

5 facts about me:

  1. Sweet Corn Chicken Soup is the only soup I like… scratch that, it’s the one and only soup I love! I hate all the other soups that are NOT sweet corn chicken!Chicken And Corn Soup
  2. I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my tea, coffee and milk… what, especially milk. If someone makes them different from mine in anyway then I just can’t have them (not even a sip!) I know it’s rude and I always try to behave… but when it comes to my beverages, I just can’t help being awkward and leaving them untouched… I blame it on my OCD 😉tumblr_mbqr375rcr1r1fjj3o1_500
  3. I love playing games on my PS3 and I just can’t have enough of a game known as Infamous (I’ve literally finished it more than 10 times.)i-m-a-gamer-girl-and-i-don-t-keep-calm
  4. I love Subway and if I have to stay hungry for a week to have one, then I’ll do just that! But I love it only one way: Roast Chicken in toasted multigrain bread, with extra cheese, all the veggies except lives, mint mayonnaise (extra), barbecue sauce, just a bit of onion sauce and spicy red sauce and extra jalapeño… And this, my friends, I call a PERFECT SUBWAY SANDWICH!Perfect-liam-payne-35156132-476-250
  5.  The only person who knows me and my perfection better than my own self is my dear hubby, Vishal aka V.my_soulmate_by_echoling-d5ua6q8.png

Nominations:

As I love all your blogs… I nominate ALL of you. So if you accept awards then please do a post for this award and leave the link to you post in the comments section, below.

Have a great day guys… 🙂

Word of The Week (WOW #11)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.

WOW

If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

Here’s this week’s WOW:

decorum

Word: Decorum

Part Of Speech: noun

Are you a “Professional Reader” at NetGalley?

Check out my article on NetGalley 🙂

HEENA R. PARDESHI

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“Do you love to discover new books? Do you review and recommend books online, in print, for your bookstore, library patrons, blog readers, or classroom? Then you are what we call a “professional reader,” and NetGalley is for you. Registration is free, and allows you to request or be invited to read titles, often advance reading copies, on your favorite device.”

-NetGalley

First of all, let’s be clear what NetGalley really means. In the publishing world, a galley is the uncorrected or, in some cases, the corrected copies of the books that are not yet printed. And when these galleys are provided on the internet as e-books, you have what we call as NetGalley.

NetGalley offers a wide range of books for reviewers, journalists, librarians, professors, booksellers, and bloggers.

At NetGalley, publishers provide galley proofs to readers in order to get what they call as “feedbacks” and what we call as “reviews.” There are a…

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Are you a “Professional Reader” at NetGalley?

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“Do you love to discover new books? Do you review and recommend books online, in print, for your bookstore, library patrons, blog readers, or classroom? Then you are what we call a “professional reader,” and NetGalley is for you. Registration is free, and allows you to request or be invited to read titles, often advance reading copies, on your favorite device.”

-NetGalley

First of all, let’s be clear what NetGalley really means. In the publishing world, a galley is the uncorrected or, in some cases, the corrected copies of the books that are not yet printed. And when these galleys are provided on the internet as e-books, you have what we call as NetGalley.

NetGalley offers a wide range of books for reviewers, journalists, librarians, professors, booksellers, and bloggers.

At NetGalley, publishers provide galley proofs to readers in order to get what they call as “feedbacks” and what we call as “reviews.” There are a lot of publishers, including some really big ones like Harlequin Enterprises, Penguin Books, Hachette, Harper Collins, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Pan MacMillan and many others in the US, Canada, UK and Australia.

As a voracious reader and a reviewer (with a book blog, The Reading Bud), I’m a “Professional Reader” at NetGalley. Initially, I was so mesmerised by the whole process and the simplicity with which a reviewer can get books, that I went on a crazy spree of requesting books. I requested pretty much all the books that caught me attention at that time and then I used to happily prance like this:

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Then after a while, I started getting rejected by almost everyone for reasons unknown to me. My inbox started flooding with emails saying your request has been denied and for a very long time I was like:

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Then finally, I decided to get off my ass and learn the proper way of being a “professional reader.” I google-searched like crazy, totally high on my new-found enthusiasm but it took a while before I understood my mistake. My first mistake was that I dove head first into the endless sea of galleys and apparently was hit by a very sharp rock (so to say.)

It took me almost a year of horrible experiences to finally understand how to have a peaceful reading experience on NetGalley. Today, I have around 300 books on my NetGalley shelf and a good enough ratio of around 50% (that I always try to maintain, no matter what.) I have received more than a dozen invitations from publishers for reviewing specific titles and I’m auto-approved by more than 6 publishers so far (out of these 6 a couple publishers limit their books to some countries or continents only, still I made it to their lists.) Slowly but steadily I’ve learned to be very particular about requesting titles and maintaining a minimum ratio of 55% (give or take.). And honestly, now I’m having a lot more fun.

Here’s a screenshot of how my NetGalley profile looks like: (updated 14/07/16)

 

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If you are wondering how to improve your ratio or how to increase your chances of getting approved then read on, I’m sure this article will help clear your doubts.

How to make an impressive profile?

Your profile is the only deciding factor for publishers when it comes to NetGalley. So maintaining a great profile is the key to getting approval.

  • Always mention your email address. “Many publishers will only approve requests if they can view your email address, for future follow-ups,” says NetGalley.
  • Provide all the possible links where your reviews get posted or shared. Following order is considered good: Your blog, Tumbler, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit.
  • Make your Bio look professional, like a resume.
  • Add a good profile photo and not a Facebook photo of yourself eating ice-cream.
  • Don’t hesitate to brag about how many followers and subscribers you have for your blog.
  • Mention that you receive a lot of traffic through search engines.
  • Drop a line about how you are bold and honest about your reviews.
  • Maintain a high ratio (at least 50%)
  • If you are a member of any Professional Associations then don’t forget to mention it.
  • Make sure all the links you provide are working.
  • Make sure not to add a fake link, it may seriously affect your image as a reviewer.

What is it with the RATIO?

As far as I know, Ratio the most important thing to keep in mind for a reviewer. NetGalley Ratio is the Feedback to Approval ratio. The recommended ratio is 80%. So if you want to get approved for the books you really want, get ready to give a feedback for each and every book your read.

This poses a problem for reviewers like me, who take their own sweet time (sometimes even months) to post the review of a  particular book, either because they are lazy or as in my case, have a lot of books to review already (as I schedule review requests from authors and publishers first.) Here are some pointers for improving ratio:

  • Decide a limit for requesting books for each month and STICK TO IT.
  • Get to reading the approved books ASAP.
  • If you take time for reviewing then just write out a mini-review for the time being and submit it. Later on, you can edit it and write a proper one.
  • If you think the book deserves 1-2 stars then don’t waste your time writing a full-fledged review for it on your blog. Just write a short review for the feedback and copy-paste it on your Goodreads and then FORGET about it and move on to the next book. (Don’t do it for the publishers you really like as your blog review link is important if you want to read their books in future.)

Why were you rejected?

  • Territorial reasons- If below the request button some names are specified, like US, UK, etc, and youimages are not from these places, then there’s 90% chance that you’ll be rejected. But, if your profile is solid, there’s always a chance for you to get approved (however small it may be.)
  • Mentioning only Goodreads in your “sites” won’t get you accepted by most publishers unless you have more than a thousand friends on Goodreads.
  • Wrong links, incomplete profile and poor ratio are a recipe for complete disaster.
  • Don’t take the books on NetGalley for a given, they are someone’s hard work and unless you are planning on reviewing it, don’t request it just because you can request it by the press of a button (which almost every newbie does!)

The reasons publishers mention while declining:

  • They may have hit their maximum allowance for that title.
  • No company association.
  • Follower counts and website hit counts are important metrics. They prefer reviewers who have established, regularly updated blogs. They look specifically for blogs that have three months of recent, continuous posting of reviews. If your blog is primarily updated with giveaways, cover reveals, and other promotional posts, they will likely decline your request.
  • They do not issue ARCs to reviewers who primarily review on Goodreads, Facebook, Amazon, and other social media websites.

 How to get approvedapproved

  • Your profile should be really impressive.
  • Maintain a high ratio and your chances for getting approved simply doubles.
  • In spite of the territorial reasons, in my experience, if your profile is strong enough you still have a 5-10% chance of getting accepted. So apply for off-territory books only if you really, really want the book.

To wrap this up here are a few pros and cons of NetGalley:

Pros:

  • Huge range of books per say.
  • You can contact any big publisher and if your profile is good enough you’ll get approved.
  • Serious money saving on some fabulous books.
  • Direct download on your devices (Kindle, Nook, etc.), so no issues of transferring books (check out NetGalley’s device guide here.)
  • You get a cool badge that says “I’m a professional reader” (like the one in my sidebar.)

Cons:

  • Publishers mostly prefer reviewers who have book-blogs with the heavy following.
  • Reviews are a necessity if you want an endless flow of books.
  • Have to maintain the book-blog nicely.
  • Have to maintain the RATIO.
  • You might have troubles figuring out how to read “.ascm” files.

In spite of all the negative things about NetGalley, I really love it 🙂

Graphic Novel Review: Edward Scissorhands Volume 1: Parts Unknown (Edward Scissorhands, #1)

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Author: Kate Leth
Illustrator: Drew Rausch
Release Date: 19th May, 2015
Series: Edward Scissorhands
Genre: Science-Fiction | YA | Comics
Edition: ascm file
Pages: 124
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Source: NetGalley

Word Of The Week (WOW #10)

Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me), it’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week. If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

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Here’s this week’s WOW:

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Word: Banal

Part Of Speech: adjective ; noun: banality; plural noun: banalities; adverb: banally

Pronunciation: /bəˈnɑːl/

Meaning: 

so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.

Synonyms: trite, clichéd, vapid, predictable

Antonyms: original

Word Origin: mid 18th century (originally relating to feudal service in the sense ‘compulsory’, hence ‘common to all’): from French, from ban ‘a proclamation or call to arms’; ultimately of Germanic origin and related to ban.

Use in sentence: 

  • adjective: When Greenblatt discusses the sources of Shakespeare ‘s inspiration, they are often stunningly banal and overly speculative.
  • noun (pl): The trip offers an escape from the banalities of daily life.

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I hope you guys like this word and hope it’s useful to you in some or the other way!

If you want to check out more words like this, then visit my page-

Word Treasure

Welcoming the new members of TRB

Hi everyone

Firstly I’d like to thank everyone who responded or reblogged or helped me by sharing the “Reviewer Wanted” post on fb and twitter and if not then just for reading it. Thank You All!

I’m really glad to let you all know that after going through 14 mails, I’ve picked up 5 review-contributors for The Reading Bud. And now I’m feeling so light as all the burden seems to have disappeared from my tiny shoulders…

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So let’s welcome these 5 bibliophiles whose reviews you’ll be reading along with mine, every month on The Reading Bud. I hope you’ll enjoy reading their blogs as well!

Liebster Award

Hi guys,

I’ve been nominated for a lot of awards (and repeat awards) in the last few months, but being the lazy duck that I am, I procrastinated the posts to no end and now I’ve lost track of all the awards and the ones who nominated me… So I’ve decided to forget about the old awards and begin anew. If you’ve awarded me any wards in these past months then I’m really sorry for not doing a post on them. But from now on I’ll post the award posts as soon as I’ll receive them. So here’s an award post for the one I received last week.

One of my good blog-friends, Bruce, nominated me for the Liebster Award. Bruce is totally into movies, comics and video-games. Whenever I have to ask about anything related to comics (or Batman) I go to him. He runs 2 amazing blogs: Precinct1313 and The View From My Phone, if you haven’t already checked them out then please do now. I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I do 🙂

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Nomination Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.

Answer the questions by the nominator.

Nominate other blogs you love.

Notify your nominees.

Create eleven questions for your nominees.

The Questions:

1. If you could live anywhere, real or fictional, where would that be?

Real: SWITZERLAND! It’s my dream home and V has promised me that in the next 3-5 years we’ll be settled in Switzerland (and hence my German classes!) 😀

Fictional: Gotham City 🙂

2. What super power would you choose if given the opportunity?

I’m more of a magic type of gal… so I want magic like a fairy (or a witch) otherwise I’m ready to trade anything for Batman’s super cool gadgets… 😉

3. What would you say was your greatest achievement in life so far?

I’ve achieved a lot in my life but always to the satisfaction of my parents (excellent grades, admission in the best university, doing 3D Animation Filmmaking, etc.) I was always the perfect kid they had to show off to everyone (like our daughter is the first female engineer in both our families and that kinda crap.) So my biggest achievement so far will be quitting my main-stream career to be a writer. I know most of you will think that it’s not an achievement yet but for me it is, as breaking my parents’ ego for doing something I love was the hardest thing I ever did. But at the end I’m glad that I did! (Thanks a lot V for supporting me and showing me the right direction!)batman-quotes-about_love

4. Who is your favourite Superhero? (bonus points if it’s Bats or Wondy! 😉

Without a single spec of doubt Batman. (Now I get the bonus points 😉 )

The reason he is my favourite is because he’s not like other super heroes (they seem to me quite unrealistic!) I love Batman cause he doesn’t have any super powers like shooting laser beam through eyes or flying (pssssttt…) but he has the real super powers like courage and morals, not to forget, hell loads of money and super cool gadgets!

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5. Favourite quote from comic, novel or movie?

I’m not a fan of quotes from books… though, I’m a huge admirer of Stephen King’s books, so all the King’s quotes are my favourite 🙂

Also, I ike this one from the web:

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6. Keaton, West or Bale: who is your favourite Caped Crusader?

BALE is the best!

7. Are you a Cat or Dog person?

Definitely a dog person. I’ve had dogs since my childhood and I’m soon to be a dog-mommy again! 😀

8. If you could grant one wish to the world, what would that be?

To the world??? Hmmmm… well, to have a peaceful, loving and green earth! 🙂 (I hope I’ve got the meaning of the question correctly!)

9. What in your opinion is the greatest TV series of all time?

F.R.I.E.N.D.S

10. How many fingers am I holding up right now? (nothing rude, I promise) 😉

Two?!?!?!

11. Wonder Woman or Power Girl, who would triumph in a battle royale?

Wonder Woman… Catwoman

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Well, now’s the hard part… to nominate a few bloggers, which is totally unfair!

I nominate ALL my readers as you all deserve all the awards in the world… so if you want to receive this award please go ahead and do a post.

Thanks for reading ❤

Have a great day!